The Hamptons: A Visitor's Guide

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Built in 1800, the Windmill in the hamlet of Water Mill, Southampton, is listed on the National Register of Historic places.

The Hamptons, located on Long Island’s South Shore, have long been the summer playground of the rich and famous. The villages of East Hampton, Southampton, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Water Mill, Hampton Bays, Sagaponack, Amagansett, Sag Harbor and Wainscott, make up the Hamptons. Pure, white sand beaches open up to the meek waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where a string of dashing seaside homes, many owned by well-known celebrities, bring in flocks of visitors hoping to see their favorite stars.

For ages, the Hamptons has been a favorite weekend getaway spot for locals and the rich & famous alike. You can easily take a bus from Nassau county or Western Suffolk county and escape to paradise for a long weekend. You can rent a summer home for a few days or even a week, and if you really want to get away, rent one for the whole summer.

Looking for something to do this summer? The Hamptons is the place to spend those sunny days with your family and friends as it offers so many different great local activities - including beautiful beaches, elegant vineyard tours, delicious eateries, comforting country clubs, and happenings for kids. Experiencing the Hamptons in just one day, simply can’t be done.

We've put together this helpful guide, so you can get the most out of your visit to the Hamptons, no matter what you are interested in doing.

Beaches In The Hamptons
The Hamptons is home to some of the world’s top-rated beaches,and has become a destination spot for many tourists, as well as the residents of Long Island.

Long Island beaches are famous for their beauty. 

Each beach offers a different number of activities, while all include getting some sun, they also have hot spots for surfing and snorkeling in the Hamptons. For more beaches, visit the Beach Guide.

Coopers Beach 
286 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
This highly ranked beach is a hot spot for surfing and bodyboarding located in a quiet and calm atmosphere.

Cupsogue Beach County Park 
906 Dune Road, Westhampton, NY 11978

This barrier beach offers camping and RV access along the outer part of the beach. With the home of the finest saltwater bass on the Island, don’t miss your chance to sleep with the fishes.

Flying Point Beach 
Flying Point Road, Water Mill, NY 11976

Although, access to this beach is only granted if you have a seasonal permit, the cost for some fun in the sun is priceless.

Foster Memorial Beach 
1000 Long Beach Road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Commonly known as Long Beach, this thin strip of land allows for some relaxing, as you take in its scenic surroundings.

Main Beach 
104 Ocean Avenue, East Hampton, NY 11937

Ranked number one beach of 2013 in America by Forbes Magazine, as well as other numerous publications, this tranquil getaway is a popular spot for the rich and famous.

Maidstone Park 
Flaggy Hole Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

This hidden beach is perfect for snorkeling, as lifeguards watch over the shallow waters.

Meschutt Beach County Park 
Canal Road at Old North Highway, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

This small hot spot offers some fun in the sun for all ages.  

Pikes Beach 
765 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Quiet and rarely overcrowded, Pikes Beach has become the go to place, when it’s neighboring beach, Cupsogue is full of beachgoers.  

Ponquogue Beach 
Dune Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

A popular spot for sport lovers, Ponquogue beach is a place to have a catch with your dad, or play a game of volleyball with your friends.

Sagg Main Beach 
Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack, NY 11962                                      
It’s 1,500 feet of ocean shoreline allows for some fun in both the water and on the sand.

Whether you spend a day at the beach or the vineyard, you're sure to have a wonderful time in the Hamptons.

Wineries & Vineyards
From boat cruises to live music, the Hamptons vineyards provides a unique wine tasting experience not too far away. With a wide variety of restaurants on Long Island serving wine produced in the Hamptons, it is worth your while to take a trip out east and try them out in a vineyard setting.

Since the summer has just begun, it is the perfect time to experience some of the most impressive wine on the east side of the Island.   

Duck Walk Vineyards
231 Montauk Highway, Watermill, NY 11967
For a perfect getaway on a hot summer day, spend an afternoon snacking on cheese and crackers as you sip wine and listen to live music.

Martha Clara Vineyards 
6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901

Once a potato farm, it now consist of a 100 acres of vineyard, where you can taste wine as you ride like royalty in a horse and carriage around the estate.

Palmer Vineyards 
5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901

Take a trip with your friends and enjoy wine tasting as you explore the enriching art exhibits on this beautiful 55 acre estate.

Roanoke Vineyards 
3543 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901

Hand-crafted wines are available for purchase in their tasting room or online, making it a must to take a trip to this intimate vineyard.  

Channing Daughters Winery
1927 Scuttlehole Rd., Bridgehampton, NY

With Atlantic breezes to cool of their vineyards, the Channing Daughters Winery’s commitment to quality wine is as alluring and focused as their finest bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Country Clubs
If you are looking for a great place to play golf and meet new people then a country club is the perfect place to do just that. With other recreational sport facilities available like tennis courts and swimming pools, it is a perfect place to socialize and get in a workout or practice.    

Hampton Hills Country Club
County Road 31 Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

Known for it’s challenging elevation changes on its private golf course, you’ll never find yourself playing the same game twice.  

Sebonack Golf Club
405 Sebonac Road,Southampton, NY 11968

Situated on 300 acres, Sebonack appears to have been carved out of land, making it the perfect golf course.

Westhampton Country Club
35 Potunk Lane Westhampton Beach, NY 11977

One of the first 100 golf courses in America, this course allows you to walk as you overlook the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

Farm Stands
The Hamptons is lined with family owned farm stands that sell the freshest Long Island grown produce. One of the most well known is Briermere Farms, also known for it’s freshly baked fruit pies. Many farms have adopted organic practices, giving its visitors a range of options, from berries and bananas to spinach and squish. Spend the day picking fresh fruits and vegetables with friends and family, in the fresh air and warm summer sun.

Northhampton farms provide delicious produce at farmer's markets.

Anderson’s Farm Stand
1170 Rte. 58, 2 ¼ miles east of LIE, Riverhead
This farm stand is a delightful summer excursion. Pick up some fresh fruits and veggies to add to a scrumptious dinner.

Babinski/Comfort Farm Stand
791 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton

Checking out this local farm stand is a great way to kick off the summer. Bring home delicious vegetables and fresh cut flowers. 

Briermere Farms
4414 Sound Avenue, Riverhead

Do you have a craving for homemade food? Briermere farms cooks all of its pies, breads, muffins, cookies jams, jellies and cakes from scratch! Stop on by and fill up your belly with these delicious treats. 

Densieski Farm Stand
10 Lewis Road, East Quogue

At Densieski farm stand, you can pick your own strawberries and choose from the tastiest vegetables and fruits. 
Fairview Farm
69 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton
Fairview farm is open six days a week and offers a variety of flowers, fruits, vegetables and homemade pies. 

Foster Farms
698 Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack
Foster Farm is family owned and run for six generations. Stop by their farm stand for their delicious products. 

Green Thumb Organic Farm of Water Mill
829 Montauk Hwy., (½-mile east of the windmill) Watermill
Since the 1600's Green Thumb has been run by a single family. They are dedicated to sustainable agriculture and are committed to organic farming practices. Check out their eco-friendly farm stand. 

Hodun Farms
4070 Rte. 25, Calverton
Hodun farms produces a wide assortment of crops. Their farm stand is sure to please anyone who drops by. 

Round Swamp Farm
184 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton
From vegetables to fruits, to flowers to baked goods, round swamp farm has it all. Check out their farm stand, you won't be disappointed. 

Local Things to Do
Want to do something adventurous? Be a little daring this summer? Book a skydiving reservation and experience the Hamptons on a whole new level, 13,500 ft in the air. If you prefer to stay on land, visit a shooting range, where they welcome both beginners as well as the most avid shooters.

Go experience the sport for yourself, and remember to aim, shoot and fire. For more things to do, visit our Things to Do Guide.

Skydive Hamptons 
Lufker Airport 115 Montauk Highway East Moriches, NY 11940

Skydive Hamptons provides tandem skydives over beautiful Long Island. Witness the thrill and beauty of flying over scenic beaches and landscapes. 

Calverton Shooting Range
395 Nugent Drive, Calverton, NY 11933

This shooting facility offers a wide variety of shooting ranges catered to different types of guns. There is also an archery range. 

Thrill of the Hunt Indoor 3D Archery
291 Deep hole Rd., Calverton, NY 11933 

Looking for an indoor facility for 3D archery? Look no further than Thrill of the hunt. This range provides a safe environment and endless amounts of fun. 

For Kids
While the Hamptons is known to be the scene for more of an adult crowd, it also offers some great activities for a younger age group. Kids can touch and feed stingrays and watch a sea lion show at the Long Island Aquarium, or go for a swim themselves at Splish Splash, ranked one of the best waterparks in America by the Travel Channel.
The Long Island Aquarium is one of Riverhead's most famous attractions. 

Long Island Aquarium 
431 East Main Street, Riverhead NY 11901

631-208-9200 ext. 426

This aquarium will provide children and adults with an experience they'll never forgett. The Long Island aquarium features one of the largest all-living coral reef display in the Western hemisphere.

Discover aquatic life from around the world and enjoy activities such as the shark dive. For the adults, the LI aquarium hosts wine tasting events and holiday brunches, as well as parties. 

Splish Splash 
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY 11933

A local favorite among Long Island children, this waterpark provides the perfect summertime activities. Cool off on a hot summer's day by coming down to splish splash and trying out these refreshing and exhilerating rides. 

Flying Point Surf School
220 Hampton Rd., Southampton, NY 11968

Surfing is a popular activity on long island beaches. Theres no better way to enjoy the beautiful beaches than out riding the waves. 

Dining & Nightlife
Whether you want to dine in style or eat at a casual sit down restaurant, the Hamptons has many options to accommodate everyones liking. Having such a diverse number of restaurants, helps cater to all different types of cuisine- Italian, Chinese, American, Seafood, Mexican and more- making it a breeze to suppress anyone's appetite.  With so many great restaurants to choose from, which one are you going to pick?

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Ice Cream & Candy
When dinner is over, it is time for dessert, and what better way to enjoy an ice cream cone, or rootbeer float than at one of these sweet and savory dessert places.

Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen
2391 Main St., Bridgehampton, NY 11932


This delicious eaterie provides diners with an extensive dinner menu that offers a wide variety of dessert and icecream. 

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe
1148 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
Stop in at Snowflake for a variety of flavored ice cream and even ice cream cake!

Sip `N Soda
40 Hampton Place., Southampton, NY 11968

The Parish family has run this local sweet shop for three generations. This eaterie provides extensive menus for breakfast, lunch and icecream. 

If you're looking for fun things to do in other great places on Long Island, check out our other Guides for Sag HarborOcean Beach, Fire Island, Northport, Greenport, Port Jefferson, Montauk, Freeport and North Fork!